Sociologist Mark Berends named AERA Fellow

Author: William Schmitt

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Mark Berends, a University of Notre Dame professor of sociology who directs the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity in the Institute for Educational Initiatives, has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

The AERA Fellows Program honors education researchers who have substantial research accomplishments, conveys the association’s commitment to excellence in research and emphasizes the importance of sustaining excellent research in the field.

The selection of Berends to join the AERA’s 2014 Class of Fellows was based on nomination by his peers and approval of the AERA Council. It was announced in mid-February.

“This is a high honor for Mark, as well as a well-deserved recognition of his leadership of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity,” said Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C., Hackett Family Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives.

Berends is program chair for the AERA’s annual meeting, scheduled April 3-7 in Philadelphia. The meeting’s theme is “The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy.

Originally published by William Schmitt at on Feb. 15, 2014.